Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 2 Florida vs. No. 3 Georgia Tech



by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. In the last matchup of the Sweet 16, its the SEC vs. the ACC as the Florida Gators take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

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Florida Gators

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

David Lee, Warriors: 27.1 points, 14.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.5 blocks, 1.0 steals
Matt Bonner, Spurs: 27.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.7 steals
Al Horford, Hawks: 20.8 points, 11.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.6 blocks, 1.6 steals
Mike Miller, Heat: 20.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.3 steals
Joakim Noah, Bulls: 21.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.2 steals

Missed the cut: Corey Brewer, Mavericks; Jason Williams, Grizzlies; Udonis Haslem, Heat (injured); Marreese Speights, Sixers

Team synopsis: Seems like a lot of these teams are heavy on the big men and short on guards, and it’s not really any different with the Gators. However, despite their size, there’s actually some perimeter firepower here with Bonner, Miller, and even Horford, who has one of the most consistent mid-range jumpers in the NBA (and has started hoisting a three-pointer here and there). Between Lee, Horford, and Noah, it’s hard to imagine many rebounds getting away.

Georgia Tech

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Thaddeus Young, Sixers: 22.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.5 blocks, 2.0 steals
Derrick Favors, Jazz: 16.5 points, 12.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.9 blocks, 0.8 steals
Chris Bosh, Heat: 24.4 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.9 blocks, 1.1 steals
Jarrett Jack, Hornets: 19.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.4 steals
Anthony Morrow, Nets: 19.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.5 steals

Missed the cut: Gani Lawal, Suns; Will Bynum, Pistons

Team synopsis: A little of everything from the Yellow Jackets – a primary ballbandler in Jack, a perimeter marksman in Morrow, athletic bigs in Young and Favors (sounds like a TNT cop/lawyer show), and an elite scorer in Bosh. This isn’t the biggest team, and they are probably a little more finesse than power.

All Ball’s take: Most of these matchups have looked very close, but Florida seems to have an answer for everything Tech might throw at them. There’s a lot of athleticism on the Yellow Jacket squad, but I don’t know if there is enough power to win the day inside.

Results: As expected, the Gators’ size and prowess around the rim (and from deep) is too much for the Yellow Jackets, and Florida advances, 68%-32%.

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3 Comments

  1. Syke O Smoke says:

    This one is really close but im going wit Florida cuz I like some of thier players a lil bit more. This could go either way though.

  2. G says:

    Ummm… Noah’s rebound Numbers are way off..